Nice photo , due to the age and rank they will probably be some of the combat experienced NCO's that were transferred from the LAH to form and provide the experience to the young recruits in the HJ Div !
The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )
1st July 1916
Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader
House Carles at the Battle of Hastings
Here's one of my photos... Some of you may have seen it in another thread. Two brothers, one TK and one Heer. I wonder where they are today...
Great photos guys! Lancere, if you have any other nice 12th SS photos please post them! The "Hitlerjugend" Division is my main interest
Interesting that most of the troops are wearing zelts.
Any further details on the photos?
Also, thanks for posting.
guys i'm pretty excited about this. they're not here yet, but i got some pages from the personal photo album of SS Sturmbannfuehrer (rank at the time most photos were taken) Walter Harzer.
here is one as an example of what i have coming (one album page includes four shots from different angles of these officers). in white tunic (!) SS-Gruppenfuehrer Willy Bittrich and to his left SS-Sturmbannfuehrer Harzer:
the individual who came across these photos came along after some pages had been torn out of an album. he acquired all that were there and, i think rightly, sold them on to me on the condition they stay together as a group which they will. the pages have notations in Harzer's hand so the photos will remain glued to the pages and preserved as found from Harzer's estate.
these photos may be the only ones of Bittrich in a white tunic. i can't be sure of this, but if anyone has seen another feel free to comment.
the photos have some slight surface damage. however, there are RK winners, personalities, rare cuff titles and awards within the couple of pages that i could not pass up.